Bible in a Year – Day 146: Feels Right
Today’s Reading: Nehemiah 7
Okay, maybe I’m over-spiritualizing this, but verse 4 in today’s reading really struck me:
Now the city was large and spacious, but there were few people in it, and the houses had not yet been rebuilt. (Nehemiah 7:4)
This was a prepared space. It was a city-in-waiting. I can’t help but draw parallels between this restored Jerusalem – rebuilt and awaiting its people – and the “New Jerusalem” that we are told we will see at the end of time. The New Jerusalem, like Nehemiah’s restored Jerusalem, is a city-in-waiting. It is waiting for us!
I never ceased to be amazed at the prophetic poetry of the Bible. It seems that almost everything you read has multiple levels of meaning. There is the surface understanding of the passage, then there is something that lies just beneath the surface. Then, below that, there are one or more deeper meanings.
The question I often ask myself is why God went through the effort to create these little glimpses. I mean, the people in Nehemiah’s time wouldn’t have recognized their restored city as prophetic in nature. And most people who would read those scriptures wouldn’t necessarily make the connection – at least not consciously.
And that’s when it hit me – God doesn’t just work on a conscious level. The prophetic seeds that God has sewn throughout history are not just meant to be understood intellectually. They are to be felt in our core. When the first century church heard about the “New Jerusalem,” the story was oddly familiar. It felt right – like something they had already experienced. It resonated with them at an unconscious level and was somehow comforting.
I expect that the same thing will happen to us as we continue this journey. I can’t help but think that as we sit down to read a few chapters in October or November, that we’ll be reading things that seem oddly familiar and comfortable – things that make sense – not only intellectually, but at a core level.
I’m looking forward to seeing how this all unfolds, but I’m glad you are joining me on the journey!
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- Bible in a Year – Day 149: Look at Me!
- Bible in a Year – Day 148: Joy in the Journey
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- Bible in a Year – Day 145: Facing Opposition
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